Family of a Tulsa murder victim creates a foundation in her name


Wednesday, August 3rd 2005, 10:32 am
By: News On 6


The family of a young woman who was violently murdered last year, has created a foundation in her name in hopes of bringing some good out of the evil.

Amber Rogers’ family speaks out for the first time since her death and they chose to talk only to News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright. Amber Rogers was a beautiful young woman with lots of friends.

Those who love her, talk about her outgoing, sometimes silly personality and the hole left behind because she is no longer here. Brecka Bagby and Bryan Rogers, Amber's sister and husband: "She was bubbly, she liked to entertain. She was funny and had a horrible singing voice, it was comical, she was a wonderful person."

Amber was 26 and had been married to Bryan for three years. She worked at Tulsa's First Fidelity Bank. On June 22nd, 2004, robbers burst in and shot and killed Amber after she handed over the money they demanded. They also shot bank president Mark Poole and customer, Howard Smith. No one can forget the image of Amber's grieving husband that terrible day.

Now, they want to make something good of all the bad. Bryan Rogers: "It's so easy to look at the bad and the evil. I don't like to think about that day. I like to think about the good and that's why we want to make a difference, even if it's only in one person's life, it'll be worth it."

They've created the Amber Rogers Foundation, started with the money donated after her murder. They plan to work with the Oklahoma Banking Association's robbery task force to provide training to other bank employees. Bryan Rogers; "I think training would've helped. I don't know if it would've prevented anything, but it can't hurt. I think other banks can use the training we're trying to get out there."

That legacy will ensure Amber will be remembered, not just for her tragic death, but also for her incredible life. The first trial for the men charged with Amber's murder is set to begin in October.

Amber's family is hosting a golf tournament August 29th at Forest Ridge Golf Club to raise money for the foundation. To learn more about it, email 123rog123@msn.com.